EQUUS - - Eq Handson -

You’re run­ning late, your horse hasn’t had his break­fast and the show grounds are an hour away. It may seem like a smart idea to just hang his grain bucket in the trailer and let him eat on the road, but he’s bet­ter off skip­ping the meal en­tirely.

Trai­ler­ing causes stress in all horses, even sea­soned trav­el­ers, and is a sig­nif­i­cant trig­ger for gas­tric ul­cers. Com­bin­ing that stress with a grain meal, which also in­creases the risk of ul­cers, is ill-ad­vised. Be­yond ul­cers, eat­ing in a mov­ing trailer could cause a horse to choke, and meals in such con­fined quar­ters can spark se­ri­ous and dan­ger­ous dis­putes be­tween trav­el­ing com­pan­ions.

While feed­ing grain in a trailer is a

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